Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

Preparing for exams can often feel like training for the Olympics. Countless hours spent practicing learned concepts, utilizing every waking moment to ensure top performance. As overwhelming as test-taking can be, students must find the study method that is most effective for them. As a biology major, I am required to learn and understand the intricate steps involved in chemical and environmental processes. By the end of high school, I had determined that the most effective study method for me was with flashcards. I could usually do well on tests by simply memorizing the information found in the study guides that my teachers gave to me. As I began college and performed poorly on various exams, I quickly realized that I would need to adjust my study strategies in order to engage with the material on a deeper level. My second-year biology professor gave me insight into how I could study to understand rather than to memorize. Write, draw, recite, and test. That was his advice, and it would go on to aid me in my academic performance for the rest of the semester in each of my courses. This technique involves first writing down the information. I would do this in class by taking notes. After that, I would draw diagrams and pictures depicting the various processes and would typically use the textbook as a guide. I would repeat this step until I could draw the diagram or picture without looking at the textbook. Next, I would explain each step to myself aloud. Lastly, I would work through practice problems in our textbook to test my understanding of the material. This way, it made it easier to address the concepts I was not grasping. This study method was especially helpful in my science courses, but I have found that they can also be adjusted to fit the study of any subject. This strategy not only helped me apply the material I was studying, but my learning became long-term, which saved me during finals week. And I am confident it will save you too!

Keegan from Utah
College Sophomore
Brigham Young University